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Guided Internships for Music-in-Education

Now entering its 18th year, the MIE Guided Internship Program provides NEC students with a broad array of opportunities in education. From teaching in public schools, designing innovative and personalized music curricula, working with community partners, and assisting with national music-in-education research initiatives, the MIE Guided Internship Program prides itself on providing pre-professional teaching artists with guided, individualized experiences.

Held to rigorous standards for preparation and implementation, MIE Guided Interns have been awarded fellowships from organizations such as the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, NEC's Community Performances & Partnerships program, the Research Center for Learning Through Music, El Sistema USA, and the Music-in-Education National Consortium.

The MIE Guided Internship Program aims to provide equal access to high-quality music programs for youth throughout the greater Boston area, and instill in them the values of lifelong learning, skill development, and appreciation for music in a range of contexts and environments.



  1. Submit a Permission Request on PowerCampus for ‘MIE INT/Department/01’ 
  2. Complete online application
  3. Send an email to when you have completed the online application.
  4. Once your draft is approved, your PowerCampus permission request will be approved. You will then need to ADD the internship to your schedule prior to the end of Add/Drop. You will also be e-mailed a PDF of your application to confirm your internship is approved.

Students should contact MIE faculty member Randy Wong ( with any questions. Applications due to Randy by email on WEDNESDAY September 14, 2016 (fall semester) or WEDNESDAY January 25, 2017 (spring semester). You may also email MIE Department Assistant Mona Sangesland ( if you have internship questions. 

Internship opportunities updated 9-7-2016

MIE Internship Opportunities for 2016-17

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Launch your teaching career through community service... in Chinatown! 

Open to: Students of all majors/backgrounds!

NEC's MusicLaunch was founded in 2010 and is a partnership with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC). MusicLaunch is an innovative community-minded music education lab, where programs and curricula are driven by the dynamic, multi-faceted, and versatile faculty of NEC's Continuing Ed Music-in-Education Certificate Program. MusicLaunch seeks to "develop the potential of every child" with its open enrollment (no audition) policy and classes that encourage music literacy from the ground up. Small-group lessons in guitar, band & string instruments, and recorder are also offered.

Like BCNC, MusicLaunch is committed to promoting social responsibility, critical thinking, and socio-emotional development. While many arts organizations focus on free performances as their way of giving back, MusicLaunch instead puts experiential, hands-on learning and multi-level (sometimes, multi-generational) instruction at its core. 

As a MIE Intern, you will help each child document his or her MusicLaunch experience through the year (in the form of reflective journals, video vignettes, and performance recordings), as well as assist MusicLaunch faculty with small-group or individual instruction. Open to students of ALL majors. MusicLaunch prefers students who can commit to the interning the entire year. 

Time Commitment: 

This internship takes place from 4:15-5:30 PM on Wednesdays between October 5, 2016 and Dec. 14, 2016 (Fall Semester), and Jan. 25, 2017 to May 3, 2017 (Spring Semester). Priority will be given to students who can commit to this internship for both semesters. Included in the 2.5 hrs per week is a mentor/intern sharing session to help facilitate and allow for flow of constructive inquiry. Program documentation is assembled on a semesterly basis into digital portfolios that make visible these poignant moments of learning and exhibit MusicLaunch's efficacy for all to see. 

Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College is a private, coed Catholic liberal arts and sciences college, located near Fenway Park. And their music director, Greg Paré, is a NEC alum!! (M.M. Composition & MIE Concentration) Greg has generously offered to host two interns. This is a fabulous chance to work in a college setting and be mentored by a successful NEC/MIE alum.
Voice Intern
The Voice Intern would teach a weekly lesson to a trained singer, once per week at Emmanuel College, and coach Emmanuel student song leaders in vocal technique and stage presence. A final project could be performed and journals would be encouraged. A piano or keyboard will be provided, and if the lesson is a group lesson, it may be possible to have an accompanist.
Instrumental Intern (Violin, Piano, or Clarinet)
The Instrumental Intern would offer a private or group lesson once a week at Emmanuel to students of beginning to intermediate experience. The goal will be to help Emmanuel students improve on their respective instruments, broaden their musical experience and exposure, and work towards a performance opportunity of some kind. 

Hawaii Youth Symphony 

An inside view into community-based music education 

Open to: Students of all majors/backgrounds!

Hawaii Youth Symphony is one of the oldest and largest independently-operated youth symphony organizations in the country. Founded in 1964, HYS now serves over 600 students, ages 7-18 across the state of Hawaii, through its 7 orchestras and community music programs. HYS's executive director is Randy Wong, of the NEC Music-in-Education faculty. 

As a MIE Intern, activities will include designing multimedia assignments, research, examining student work, program observations (via video), learning about non-profit governance, fundraising, and more. You'll get an inside view of how a youth symphony organization operates, paired with the perspective and insight of a NEC MIE faculty member. Through this internship, you will have the opportunity to learn and develop analytic and interpretive skills that will further your growth.

Also, something cool is that HYS is partnering with From The Top and Hawaii Public Radio in Fall 2016, and the first semester of your internship will include activities related to that. Past HYS partnerships have included residencies with Midori, Toby Oft, and Conrad Tao. 

Time Commitment: 

This internship requires 2-3 hours per week, and will be conducted primarily via email, phone, and shared docs. 

Preference given to an instrumental major (classical, CI or jazz) with personal experience in a youth symphony-type program, and who are able to make a two-semester commitment. Sorry, no field trips to Hawaii!

Assist with Group Violin Classes at St. John Paul II Catholic Academy

Get experience with elementary-age, beginning string players!

Open to: String Players from all degree programs (Bachelors, Masters, DMA, Jazz, CI)

Time Commitment: Varies, but you have several choices: 

  • Lower Mills Campus (2214 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester MA) from 1:30 to 2:15 in-school
  • Monday Night Strings program from 6:30 to 8:00 pm (in Rob's words: "The most awesome thing ever!")
  • Mattapan Campus (120 Babson St, Mattapan, MA), from 1:30 to 2:15 in-school; 
  • Columbia Campus (790 Columbia Rd, Dorchester MA), from 10:15 am to 11 am
  • Neponset Campus (239 Neponset Ave, Dorchester, MA), from 12:30-1:15 and then from 1:15 to 2 pm. 

Apply your CPP Fellowship As a MIE Internship

Every year, some of our most committed interns are those who are also in the CPP Fellowship program. In order to apply your CPP Fellowship as an MIE Internship, you must send Randy an internship proposal prior (before) the start of the semester. First priority will be given to students who have taken (or are currently enrolled in) a MIE core class such as the MIE Intro course or MIE Teaching Seminar. 

Early Childhood Experience w/ Rock & Roll Daycare 

Rock and Roll Daycare (RRDC) is a music and arts immersive early childhood education center with a Montessori teaching philosophy. Students are organized into Infant (3-12 months), Toddler 1 (12-20 months), Toddler 2 (20 months-2.9 years) and preschool classes. Each age group receives daily group music lessons taught by a different specialist every day. Preschoolers also receive weekly private instrument lessons on violin, piano, guitar, or drums. Our curriculum focuses on a different world culture every two months explored through children's music from the culture and culminating in an "International Night," a guest artist performance/community potluck at the end of each study period. 

RRDC currently has two locations, one at 166 Prospect Street in Cambridge (ten minute walk from the Central Square T stop) and one at 527-535 Cambridge Street in East Cambridge (a five minute walk from Lechmere Station, or directly off of the 69 bus line from Harvard). Two additional classrooms will be opening in Cambridge at 366 Broadway, October 2016. 
Time Commitment
Group music classes run from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the 166 Prospect Street location, and then from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in East Cambridge (527 & 535 Cambridge Street). The music schedule will shift once our new location opens in October, offering classes simultaneously at Central Square and East Cambridge from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
As a MIE Intern:NEC students are welcome to observe classes at either location with advance notice, either as a "fly-on-the-wall" or actively participating in group classes and exploratory period. Any observing student must submit a CORI form through RRDC in advance of joining us at the school. NEC students working with RRDC would gain exposure to a wide range of teaching techniques from an experienced core of music educators.

Specifically Seeking: Any students looking to work with young children. We want to expose our students to a wide range of instruments and genres, so a diverse pool of musical candidates are encouraged to participate. The ideal music partner at RRDC would be enthusiastic, engaging, and compassionate, with an interest in the development of the "Whole Child" through a strong foundation in the arts. Previous experience with young children is preferred, but we'd welcome the right candidate with a strong interest in this field.


Classroom Cantatas

Bring Alive Classroom Subjects Through Words and Music 

In partnership with the Cantata Singers!

Specifically seeking: Singers, composers, pianists

Shadow professional teaching artists from the Cantata Singers and assist them with teaching elementary kids (grades 2-3) composition, vocal technique, singing, and basic performance skills. Kids compose and perform cantatas based on texts and themes integrated into their core curriculum. Help kids explore the language and rhythm of melody, giving shape to their individual voices while deepening their understanding of core subject matter and character. Learn more at

Time Commitment: 

This internship takes place for 2 hours weekly, observing Boston Public Schools holidays and intersession breaks. Specific dates/times to be determined, based on program availability. 

The Atrium School’s ‘Music Plus Music Integration’ Program

Open to: Students of all majors/backgrounds, but we are specifically interested in string players and improvisors.

We need interns to help document a really innovative, first-of-its-kind general music program. It’s built completely on MIE principles and frameworks, from the ground up, and taught by Beatrice Affron, Music Director of the Pennsylvania Ballet!! This program has been visited by movers/shakers across the country because of its inventive, interdisciplinary approaches to general education using music.

As a MIE Intern, you’ll help us study student academic growth and help us learn why music should be an integral part of every child’s curriculum. This internship is more 'action research'-oriented than it is hands-on teaching. If you have a yearn to learn about mixed-method qualitative and quantitative research, portraiture, rubric development, and creating (or interpreting) data displays (graphs, statistics, charts, etc.) then this internship is totally for you!

Time Commitment: 

Flexible -- though generally 2 hours per week on-site plus travel and readings. You'll need a car for this internship, or live in Cambridge, as the Atrium School is easily accessible by bus from Harvard Sq. (#71). Unfortunately you will not be reimbursed for travel expenses. You will also need access to a Mac with Excel (Numbers not OK) and be willing to install JMP statistical software on your computer. 

Boston Public School teaching opportunities

Open to: Students of all majors/backgrounds, but they are specifically interested in winds/brass/perc players, singers, and improvisors.

We have had interns in the Boston Public Schools for the last 10 consecutive years! These are popular internships and the opportunities go fast.

Schools where NEC students have previously interned include:

  • Boston Arts Academy. BAA is an urban arts-focused charter high school with students who take a full complement of music classes (music history, theory, Solfege, ensemble, lessons)—in addition to their regular curriculum. Walking distance from NEC.
  • Roland Hayes School of Music. RHSM is a music-centric middle school in Roxbury. We've had interns teach music theory, harp ensemble, choir, and band instruments here. The school is a block from the Roxbury Crossing T-stop on the Orange Line. 
  • Josiah Quincy Upper School. JQUS is in downtown Boston (Chinatown) near the Tufts Medical Center T-stop. Students have taught composition, woodwind and brass instruments, music theory, and improvisation. 

Create Your Own Internship

Maybe you already teach somewhere… or have an idea of your own that you want to put in action. Talk to MIE faculty member Randy Wong and see if we can help you make it into an official MIE Internship!